The College continues to monitor the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to our community in accordance with city and state guidelines. On this page you will find information about the vaccine, including links to messages to the community about the vaccine, city and state vaccine resources, and reminders.
On January 12, 2021 New York State added the following categories to Phase 1B:
- Individuals 65 or older
- Immunocompromised individuals - *The CDC has not yet defined “immunocompromised.” NYS and NYC officials are seeking additional guidance from the federal government regarding this category. The College will continue to monitor this for any further clarity.
As of January 11, 2021, New York State entered Phase 1B of the vaccination distribution. Therefore, under the current NYS and NYC criteria, members of the Barnard community may be eligible to make an appointment if they fall within the following categories:
- Health care workers
- Residents and staff at nursing homes
- Individuals conducting COVID-19 testing
- Individuals administering the COVID-10 vaccinations
- Individuals 75 or older
- Pre-K through 12th grade teachers and education workers
- Licensed and registered child care providers
- School-bus drivers
- First responders, meaning local police, State Police, Sheriff’s Office employees, professional and volunteer firefighters
- EMS workers, whether professional or volunteer
- Public transit workers, meaning airline and airport employees, passenger railroad employees, subway and mass transit employees, ferry employees, Port Authority employees, and public bus drivers),
- Public safety workers, and
- In-person college faculty or instructor
Members of the community who believe they meet the current criteria for eligibility in New York will have to fill out a state questionnaire to confirm eligibility here; once submitted, this form will lead to a list of vaccination locations. The state and city websites also provide a list of locations for nearby pharmacies and providers that can administer the vaccine. Currently, there is no centralized online system to schedule appointments once eligibility has been confirmed. The eligible individual must then schedule an appointment with the desired location directly (via phone or online). As the vaccine rollout develops, a more centralized online system may be developed. The College will continue to monitor this and provide any links and updates to the community as soon as possible.
Additionally, NYS and NYC have each launched hotlines which may be used by eligible members of the community to schedule a vaccination appointment:
NYC: (877) VAX- 4NYC (1-877-829-4692)
NYS: (833) NYS - 4VAX (1-833-697-4829)
Please follow the instructions from your vaccination site about what to bring. At this time the city and state recommend bringing proof of eligibility. For those qualifying based on employment, proof may include your Barnard ID or pay stub. If you need assistance locating your pay stub through our online system please contact Human Resources.
Reminder to Those Who Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine
Members of the College community who are able to be or already have been vaccinated must continue to comply with all of Barnard’s COVID-19 policies—which include regular testing and the wearing of a face covering at all times—because vaccination does not exempt anyone from College coronavirus protocols implemented in 2020. As more becomes known about the availability and functioning of the vaccine, as well as the vaccination rate in our campus community, relevant College policies will be developed and shared with the community.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:
- New York State’s Vaccine Eligibility Screening Tool
- New York State’s distribution plan
- NYC interim vaccination plan
- NYC vaccine command center
- NYC Vaccination Location Finder
Please note that if you live in a neighboring state but work at Barnard you are eligible to receive your vaccine in New York City. Still, your eligibility and the availability of the vaccine in your home state may be different than it is in New York.